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Learning & Development

Supporting individual development
in health research management,
support and leadership

The Forum is committed to building a programme of learning, training and development resources in research management, support and leadership for health and care to meet the needs of our community. All our open courses are currently offered as virtual courses and symposia.  Each course delegate receives a certificate and a printed workbook.

Our course leaders develop and maintain each course together with a reference group and experienced course trainers, ensuring all material is current and of high quality. Our teams are linked into policy groups and attend regulatory events wherever possible and material is constantly peer reviewed.

We are always developing new courses. If you would like to collaborate, propose a topic, lead a course, join a reference group or become a trainer then please get in contact with the chair of the learning and development group

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Forum Course leaders and trainers are all experienced members of the research management, support and leadership community.

Course leaders are responsible for developing and co-ordinating materials. Course trainers are responsible for delivering the course and supporting the course leader.

  • Allyson Bailey, R&D Officer, NHS Fife
  • Karen Eade, Head of Research, James Paget NHS Trust
  • Christian Sparke, AcoRD Specialist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust & Eastern CRN
  • Carolyn Maloney, Head of Research Operations, University Hosptial Leicester NHS Trust
  • Michelle Eve, Workforce Development Lead, East Midlands CRN
  • Heather Rogers, RD&I Governance Manager, Royal Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Julie James, Monitor & Trainer, University Hospital Leicester NHS Trust
  • Aldona Kirkham, Independent Trainer
  • Russell Joyce, Independent Consultant & Health Sciences Records and Archives Society
  • Kate Greenwood, Forum Manager
  • Phil Good, NIHR CRN CC
  • Helen Hodgson, Health & Care Research Wales
  • Kirsty Hunter, AcoRD Specialist, West Midlands LCRN
  • Katherine Lucas, AcoRD Specialist, Thames Valley & South Midlands

If you would like to apply to become a trainer for one of our existing courses or you are interested in developing new material then please get in touch with our learning group chairs and ask for an application pack via

Course Leaders

Russell Joyce

Russell began a varied career in Records Management and Information Governance working for the City of London Police and Serious Fraud Office at the height of the infamous Maxwell and Guinness investigations, since when he has gained valuable experience in banking, professional services, the legal sector, the NHS, and pharmaceuticals. In 2012, Russell established Heath Barrowcliff Consulting Ltd, a wholly independent consultancy specialising in records management and information governance in GCP, GDP, GLP and GMP in the life sciences sector with a focus on evidential value, data integrity, digital archiving, and the exploitation of technologies to maximise operational and financial efficiencies.

Russell is a Director of the Health Sciences Records and Archives Association (HSRAA), an active member of the Drug Information Association (DIA) TMF Reference Model Group Steering Committee, and Project Lead for the DIA Non-Interventional /Real World Studies TMF Model Project. He has spoken extensively on records management and information governance for HSRAA, GCP-RMA, SMi Group, DIA, the Research Quality Association, the Pharmaceutical Quality Group, ISPE/GAMP, the Institute of Clinical Research, and the NHS R&D Forum.

Russell aims to deliver pragmatic and durable solutions whilst concurrently challenging convention, frequently weaving into presentations the relatable but unusual and unexpected (Donna Summer’s “McArthur Park”, “Lampposts and Drunkards”, “Aesops fables”, “Lunar Landscapes”) to illustrate his contentions. A lifelong musician and passionate tuba player, Russell is currently Chairman and Concerts Manager for the award-winning Maidstone Wind Symphony, a passion he is delighted to share with his daughters.

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